What is the single best thing you've ever done for your skin?

(77 Posts)
SueFawley Mon 21-Jan-13 18:37:55

This could be a dietary or lifestyle change, or a product that really made an improvement.

hatgirl Mon 21-Jan-13 18:40:43

wash with a clean very hot flannel and a cream cleanser every night and then moisturise. Everyone is going to give you different answers because everyone has different things that work for them.

SueFawley Mon 21-Jan-13 18:49:30

Yes, I'm hoping for lots of different answers to get some new ideas for my skincare routine.

I have an Emma Hardie balm cleanser and cloth somewhere, unused, so it may be worth a try to start me off.

freerangeeggs Mon 21-Jan-13 18:55:24


WifeofPie Mon 21-Jan-13 18:56:57

BCPs and jojoba oil (I cleanse and moisturize with it).

CointreauVersial Mon 21-Jan-13 18:58:07

I use plain water for cleansing, nothing else.

It never made much sense to strip out the oils/moisture then put it back in again.

dashoflime Mon 21-Jan-13 18:59:02

saunas are the only thing that sorts out my blackheads

Selks Mon 21-Jan-13 18:59:31

Stopped smoking.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Mon 21-Jan-13 18:59:57

Kept it out of the sun and not smoked.

I'm quite liking the el cheapo Superdrug Vitamin E OIl which was recommended on here. But I'd say that the best thing I've done is never smoked.

AGreenie Mon 21-Jan-13 19:00:14

Microdermabrasion !
Did a 4 course session before my wedding and everyone commented how well my skin looked - should have kept up with it!

NotAnotherPackedLunch Mon 21-Jan-13 19:00:58

Sunscreen every day.

Evizza Mon 21-Jan-13 19:41:02

Stopped smoking smile

oneforthemoney Mon 21-Jan-13 19:42:06

Taking omega 3 every day

shopafrolic Mon 21-Jan-13 19:42:45

Stopped smoking. Microdermabrasion. Taking my make up off religiously, even when drunk, every night since i started wearing it.

wriggletto Mon 21-Jan-13 19:43:42

I use the Emma Hardie balm - it's lovely!

I'm lucky enough to have decent skin: I've never smoked, always used sunscreen, have SPF moisturiser, don't drink much, but the main factor is probably genetics - my mum could pass for 60-something, at 75. I've inherited her varicose veins too, mind

wriggletto Mon 21-Jan-13 19:44:31

Sorry, that is both smug AND unhelpful... blush

AlwaysSleepingBeauty Mon 21-Jan-13 19:45:38

Roaccutane, the contraceptive pill, and those muslin cloths with a hot cloth cleanser. I don't get on with Liz Earle but love Soap and Glory, I find it is the cloth that makes the big difference though.

MrsCampbellBlack Mon 21-Jan-13 19:47:53


And stopping drinking diet coke

minibmw2010 Mon 21-Jan-13 19:48:22

Stop drinking as much Diet Coke (still drink some but not lots) and start using Estée Lauder smile

PoppyWearer Mon 21-Jan-13 19:48:52

Been to see a dermatologist.

MrsVJDay Mon 21-Jan-13 19:49:52


PullyWoolOver Mon 21-Jan-13 19:53:37

Cream cleanser and hot cloth, definitely.

Bought some Hydraluron serum recently which is making my face feel nice and firm and has got rid of fine lines. Sali Hughes raves about hyaluronic acid grin

FrameyMcFrame Mon 21-Jan-13 19:53:42

Stopped smoking
Eve primrose oil (got rid of hormonal acne for me)

PullyWoolOver Mon 21-Jan-13 19:54:15

Oh, and making a conscious effort to drink more water!

orangeandlemons Mon 21-Jan-13 19:56:54

Using moisturiser from 12 am late 40's now and people always comment on my skin and ask me what expensive moisturisers I use.

I use Boots cheapo stuff ( really cheap not even no 7 or 17)

suburbophobe Mon 21-Jan-13 19:57:19

Kept it out of the sun and not smoked.

No help for me then.....

Ah well, who cares, really. Could drop down dead tomorrow....

At least I enjoyed life! [GRIN]

hairtwiddler Mon 21-Jan-13 19:58:22

Went without make up for a month and spent lots of time outdoors.

BCBG Mon 21-Jan-13 20:02:31

Eve Lom eye lift . Seriously. I'm 52 and started using it three years ago under my eyes. Now have non-existent lineage and a friend looked at a professional photo of me with youngest DC taken ten years ago and asked when it was as I look way younger now. grin. And I do. I just panic when I get close to running out. grin. Otherwise the routine is SPF 25, hot cloth and wash in evening, quick wipe over with Caudalie or similar in the morning.

Mintyy Mon 21-Jan-13 20:05:50

Permanently switched to Body Shop aloe vera moisturiser, which I use religiously now, together with Roc under eye cream. Am also not a sunbather and well on the chubby side - hence no one believes I am 50!

RSVP Mon 21-Jan-13 20:09:24

Putting Apivita face scrub with olive literally in the shower cubicle by my shampoo and shower gel. That way I got into the habit of using it twice a week.

It's a very light face-scrub that works wonders for my oily/dehydrated face and it does not need applying moisturizer afterwards!

If you are lazy like me do not religiously follow a skin routine, placing in the shower any face wash that suits you as a reminder, will eventually become a habit...

AlanMoore Mon 21-Jan-13 20:09:48

Stopped smoking!

Love my clarisonic too.

cocolepew Mon 21-Jan-13 20:13:31

HRT. My skin has never beren good but it's lovely now [grin!]

EnjoyResponsibly Mon 21-Jan-13 20:13:41

Stopped smoking.

Use Clinique moisturiser.

cocolepew Mon 21-Jan-13 20:13:51

Oopps grin

niceupthedance Mon 21-Jan-13 20:14:21

My skin looked great when I stopped eating processed food for two months.

Also stopped smoking and I don't drink much alcohol any more - made my skin grey and sandpaper- like.

HeadFairy Mon 21-Jan-13 20:16:34

stopped smoking.

use mineral makeup

paneer Mon 21-Jan-13 20:17:37

stopped smoking

ToomuchWaternotWine Mon 21-Jan-13 20:20:32

Being born and raised in the north of scotland, nae chance of sun damage here!

Really, lots of water, never smoked, cut down drastically on the booze fairly early (ie before thirty!), save make up for special occasions not every day and always take it off before bed.

Also discovered face oils in my thirties, completely fab for my dry/dehydrates easily skin. Best so far are ESPA and Clarins. Just a few drops on at night once a week probably makes the biggest difference to my skin.

Yika Mon 21-Jan-13 20:23:25

Got pregnant (skin lovely and plump and smooth and ungreasy).

Other than that, using a clay face mask regularly to close up pores and give a finer grain.

Pinot Mon 21-Jan-13 20:23:36

Rosehip oil and Elemis.

I won't part with either as I don't know which bit is working, or if it's a combination of them all.

But I look better than I did 5 years ago!

HandMini Mon 21-Jan-13 20:24:17

Had a baby.

Obviously not the solution for everyone, but I suffered from adult acne for about six years, tried many medications and skin care routines, but nothing really shifted it till I got pregnant.

(Now of course my skin is lined, dry and baggy from lack of sleep/ lack of care!)

Other than that, when I did have regular facials that made a big difference (I think it's because you never get a build up of crap in your pores) and Vaishaly products are very good and also very lovely to use (and therefore encourage regular skin care routine).

Pinot Mon 21-Jan-13 20:28:30

Gosh yes, my skin was lovely when I was pg and also when bf. Then...it went back!

WinkySlink Mon 21-Jan-13 20:31:39

I have always taken my make up off before bed, no matter how wrecked I am.

Also, completely stopped using moisturiser.

41notTrendy Mon 21-Jan-13 20:36:14

Got pregnant. Cured my spots.
They come back sometimes so quite interested to read that Evening Primrose oil may help.
Cleanse, tone, moisturise morning and every other night.
Sorry, that's three grin

HandMini Mon 21-Jan-13 20:37:46

Pinot, I'm dreading that. Pg with No 2 now and had only a small break between finishing bfeeding No 1 and getting pg with No 2, so am dreading skin relapse after that. Hormonal outbreaks are the worst, so uncontrollable.

RoxyRobin Mon 21-Jan-13 20:38:43

Inheriting my mother's genes - she had lovely skin into old age.

Avoided exposing my face to the sun - didn't like the feel of it, and was content to be pasty pale and interesting.

About the water, though - since having a series of kidney operations I was advised to aim at drinking three litres of water a day to keep them flushed out. Can't say I've noticed any improvement in my skin whatsoever. Disappointing.

Worst thing I've done: reacting to DH's many misdemeanours throughout thirty years of marriage with a cat's-bum mouth. Looks as if I'd sucked on thirty cigarettes a day for the duration, even though I've never smoked. If I could go back I would greet every annoyance with a serene smirk like the Mona Lisa. Though her skin looks a bit dry and cracked.

Nivea , basic blue pot.
Stopped smoking
More Nivea
Steam room at the spa

And some more Nivea.

In France they sell it in pretty tins
It works exactly the same as in the blue plastic tubs in England.

My mother and grandmother used it. I use it. It works and it's cheap

TheSecondComing Mon 21-Jan-13 20:42:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Maraki Mon 21-Jan-13 20:43:22

Eve Lom cleanser. Cleared my whiteheads and congested skin without drying it out.
I also moisturise and apply SPF daily, even when there is no sun.
My skin used to be dry with spots, now everyone comments on how great it is (EL doublewear helps too).

Worn sunglasses all of the time when outside. I do not have any lines around my eyes at all, something my friends are envious of. I truly believe this is because my big old sunglasses. I am nearly 40 so not bad.

I also swear by face cream with an SPF and always using night serum and moisturiser.

Oh and do not wear foundation, shitty stuff that just clogs pores and means you scrub your face moving your skin about which am sure causes wrinkles.

lurkingaround Mon 21-Jan-13 21:12:07

Roaccutane, without a doubt.
Daily SPF 50
My few Fraxels. (Would love more, but expensive)

ProlificWillyBreeder Mon 21-Jan-13 21:14:55

always sleeping what's the soap and glory cloth like?

Other than the caffeine and ingredients I can't pronounce what is diet coke doing to my face?

AngryFeet Mon 21-Jan-13 21:16:49

My friend told me semen was the best thing for skin. I think she lies and her DH is a little bugger.

orangeandlemons Mon 21-Jan-13 21:34:55

I don,t have lines round my eyes, but never wear sunglasses as have to wear specs and cba or afford reactolite lenses

OCM/SPF and botox

MissPB Mon 21-Jan-13 21:48:05

I had hormonal spots on my jawline and lower cheeks - just a few every month but they really hurt and took ages to go down. I have been taking agnus castus tablets every day since September and within a couple of months my spots cleared. I am convinced it is the agnus castus.

Now I need to get going with cleanser & hot cloth routine!

GeordieCherry Mon 21-Jan-13 21:49:01

Water water water

Microdermabrasion & chemical peels

Wearing SPF 30 every day

Packing in smoking

Massively reducing caffeine


JumpHerWho Mon 21-Jan-13 22:26:39

Cut out sugar and unnecessary carbs and watch your skin glow.

QuinnFabray Mon 21-Jan-13 22:34:00

Yes, the sugar thing absolutely.

dontyouwantmebaby Mon 21-Jan-13 22:41:29

in no particular order:

- keep out of the sun/use SPF
- cleanse face using soap (unperfumed) & warm water, spritz with cold water, pat dry with clean towel.
- get as much sleep as you possibly can.
- don't over-do diet of fatty foods/chocolate/pastries/processed rubbish.
- remove eye-make up using cotton pads & baby oil. depending on skin type, use moisturiser e.g. baby lotion/astral/liz earle basic moisturiser, whatever suits your skin type and budget.
- witch hazel/water spritz once in a while (keeps spots at bay)
- don't believe that the more expensive the product, the better it is for your skin. it's not.
- steer clear of hyped-up, 'miracle' claims, beauty treatment fads.
- never take up smoking. it puts YEARS on you.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 21-Jan-13 22:47:19

My skin is basically pretty good and I've got no lines around my eyes at all - I'm 35.

I am using rosehip oil and Elemis, and Liz Earle to cleanse and this really does suit my skin.

BUT - I have been either pregnant or BFing for over 5 years, and DS2 is really cutting back on the BF now, he will be 2 in March. My skin is suffering, partly I think because I've put a bit of weight back on <sigh> I'm really hoping that it is a short phase and then things balance out again. Because I have spots, and my skin is dry and greyish and tired looking.


dontyouwantmebaby Mon 21-Jan-13 22:48:50

last but not least:

- eat a handful of walnuts & an apple/some slices of apple every day (or as frequently as you can manage). gives beautiful, glossy skin (& hair).

BestIsWest Mon 21-Jan-13 22:56:14

YY to Walnuts/almonds.

chicaguapa Mon 21-Jan-13 22:59:31

I consciously keep my face out of the sun and have always moisturised since I started with a skin care routine in my teens, but not with expensive creams. Interesting comment about the sunglasses too as I always wear them and don't have many lines.

I am 40 and people always think I'm 10 years younger. <stealth boast>

I don't drink any enough water though.

Piemother Tue 22-Jan-13 03:38:58

Oh and bb cream. I use the Garnier one instead of foundation and there's no going back for me it really balances out my oily skin and looks lighter and fresher. All the foundation I bought over the years were all crap in comparison grin

Labootin Tue 22-Jan-13 04:16:12

Nuts and seeds as snacks rather than crisps and cutting back on alcohol

akaemmafrost Tue 22-Jan-13 05:22:05

Drink two litres of water everyday.
Using Clarins products since early 20's.
Don't drink alcohol.

I look a lot younger than I am and out it down to the above.

knitknack Tue 22-Jan-13 07:37:50

Give up sugar
Take fish oils

bigkidsdidit Tue 22-Jan-13 07:53:25

I really like Imedeen and Acai tablets daily

Ad astral at night (but I have very very dry skin)

This thread is b interesting. Is there such a thig as an independent skin care adviser? Like pensions but more important grin

Being born into a family of beautiful skinned people helps. smile my mum has hardly a wrinkle and she is 72

Also not being very thin any more. sad my face looks better a little plumper

Curtsey Tue 22-Jan-13 08:25:51

Great thread. I'm getting married in 4 months and would do anything to have clear ish skin. Going to up my intake of fish oils (already helping a little I think) and water and do everything I can to cut back on sugar and caffeine. I think caffeine is the real problem for me even though I just have 1-2 cups a day. I am totally addicted and weak sad

valiumredhead Tue 22-Jan-13 10:06:33

Discovering The Body Shop's Aloe range.

Bella88 Tue 22-Jan-13 11:28:31

Retin A and sunblock.

cerealqueen Tue 22-Jan-13 12:15:31

Sunsreen on my face from about 20, regular exfoliation. Have yet to meet my holy grail of moisturiser so reading with interest!

GobblersSparklyExplodingKnob Tue 22-Jan-13 12:23:08

Gave up sugar and white carbs, it takes years off of your skin.

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